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Casino a big draw on Christmas

27 December 2007

RIVERSIDE, Iowa -- As reported by the (Iowa) Gazette: "Pinging slot machines, tinkling fountains and dazzling lights mixed with Christmas music here to create a glitzy getaway for more than 2,000 people on Christmas Day.

"The Riverside Casino & Golf Resort was one of the few places open Christmas Day, and its hotel, buffet, musical entertainment and games attracted people from all over.

"...The $14.99 Christmas Day buffet is a big draw for families, Larry Harryman (tables game director) said, adding about 40 percent of the casino visitors show up just for the spread. Smoked prime rib, glazed sweet potatoes and bread pudding were among the delicacies available.

"Stephen and Karen Smith, of Batavia in south-central Iowa, said visiting casinos on Christmas has become a tradition for them.

"For the past 15 years — after first celebrating Christmas Eve with family — they've flocked to different casinos to relax and do a little gambling..."

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